Celebs share why their dads are top of the pops

AHEAD of Father’s Day on Sunday, Eastern Cape celebrities opened up about their love for their fathers, the best advice their dads have given them and how they plan to spend the day honouring the special man in their lives.

TV personality and model agency owner Shashi Naidoo will be spending “a Father’s Day week” with her father, Port Elizabeth guesthouse owner Harry Naidoo, who is flying to Johannesburg to spend time with his celebrity daughter.

“We will do a family lunch on Sunday and I’ll give him something he can use for fishing or hiking – both of which he loves doing,” Naidoo said, adding the best advice her father had given her was to persevere at whatever she took on. “I used to hate maths, but he helped me and stuck it out with me and I got maths on the higher grade.”

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson will be unable to spend the day with his father, Cheeky Watson, who will be out of town, but will phone his dad to “thank him for being such a fantastic father over the years”.

“The biggest impact he has made on my life is that he always remains steadfast and headstrong if he believes something is right, and won’t be swayed by others. He did that when he refused to play for the Springboks during apartheid and also when he was fighting for the Kings.

“I hope those values and principles have rubbed off on me.”

Former Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya, who hails from Uitenhage, said she would be “spoiling my dad rotten”. Describing her father, Professor Mbobanzi Mboya, as “the ultimate braaimaster”, Mboya said he would braai for the family in celebration of Father’s Day tomorrow.

“I have always been daddy’s girl,” Mboya, who has moved into feature films and has just finished shooting Hector’s Search for Happiness with British actor Simon Pegg, said.

Springbok Lwazi Mvovo will be at a Bok training camp in Nelspruit tomorrow so will be unable to spend the day with his stepfather, Mthatha businessman Bongani Mafahla. “But I will give him a ring to wish him,” the left wing, who honed his skills at Maria Louw High School in Queenstown before joining the Sharks, said. “My step-dad and I are close. He has always told me to work hard and that there are no shortcuts in life. He told me he was proud when I made the squad – he’s a big Bok supporter.”

Former Idols and Expresso presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, who now freelances for the SABC 3 morning show and is a radio presenter, has already celebrated Father’s Day.

“I live in Cape Town and my parents live in Pretoria and I flew up two weeks ago to surprise him with an early Father’s Day,” Van der Westhuizen, whose relatives hail from Port Alfred and who once worked in Grahamstown as a journalist, said.

“The best advice he ever gave me was when I became a TV presenter and he told me to always be myself.”

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